ASC mourns passing of Billy Adams Award winner Glen Bean '36

(04-09-2012)

Adams State College mourns the April 4 death of alumnus and 2009 Billy Adams Award recipient Glen Taylor Bean, who was 96 years old.

Memorial services will be held in the Alamosa Presbyterian Church at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10, with arrangements by Rogers Family Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Park Service Employee and Alumni Scholarship Fund or the Alamosa Masonic Scholarship Fund and may be sent in care of Rogers Family Mortuary.

Adams State President David Svaldi said Bean was a loyal and active supporter of Adams State his entire adult life. "He was engaged in all aspects of the campus, from athletic contests to cultural activities. His giving history to ASC was among the longest of any alumni."

Bean was born May 9, 1915, on his Grandfather Bean's farm near Fort Garland, Colorado, the son of Luther Elmo and Georgia Taylor Bean. Luther Bean (after whom the college museum is named), was on Adams State's original faculty, founded the first outdoor program, and even chose the college's colors: white for the snowcapped mountains and green for the evergreen trees. Therefore, Glen Bean was part of the campus since 1925.

After graduation from Alamosa High School in 1932, and Adams State Teachers College in 1936, Glen attended Colorado State University and George Peabody College for Teachers, followed by teaching assignments in the Blanca, Canon City and Hooper schools. While at Adams State, Glen played on the 1936 basketball team that qualified for the AAU National Tournament, and later coached basketball.

He remained active in the Grizzly Club, and was named its first Grizzly Club Member of the Year in 2005. He was presented with a lifetime membership in the club as tribute to his overall support of athletics. At the time, he hadn't missed a home game for over 20 years.

Glen married Lois Marie Manson in Wiseton, Saskatchewan, Canada, on September 13, 1950, and with her had five children, all of whom survive him.

He served during World War II as a weather forecaster and weather officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps, being assigned for a year as a technical specialist to the Army of the United States of Mexico. After discharge in 1946, he joined the National Park Service, where he served as Park Ranger and Superintendent in 10 national parks, plus additional appointments in four administrative offices. After retirement from the National Park Service in 1980, he and Mrs. Bean returned to Alamosa.

By Julie Waechter